I just spent 14 days in Europe. My husband and I saved up for this trip for 10 years. Thanks to credit card points we had collected we were able to take our son on the trip.
Before I went to Europe I asked for tips from my friends on places to see in Paris, Venice, Rome, and London. I got some awesome advice. I will keep the list forever.
I also got a lot of warnings about pick pockets in Italy, and rude people in France who would refuse to speak in English, and cab driver who would jack up the prices.
I went to Europe with an open mind and heart.
The people in France were charming and kind. I must have had the “pick pocket” repellant on because they did not approach us in Italy. One cab driver outside the Vatican did not have a meter, but he was fair when he took us to our hotel.
My advice, don’t walk around looking like a “paranoid wanna-a-be victim.” Whether I’m in the U.S. or a foreign country, I’m always aware of my surroundings but I also enjoy myself.
When I’m out discovering, I don’t bury my face in my cellphone. I don’t walk around looking down at my feet. I walk like I own it. My body language says “I belong here.” I also smile at people. Sometimes they smile back and sometimes they don’t. But at least I look like I enjoy life.
I met a lot of Europeans and Americans during my vacation. Most times I would start the conversation. Everywhere I went I met people from Texas and right from my backyard in Dallas.
I’ll be sharing my experience in Europe in the coming days and weeks. And most of you know me, I do everything on a budget.